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Sylvanus

[sil-vey-nuh s] /sɪlˈveɪ nəs/
noun, plural Sylvani
[sil-vey-nahy] /sɪlˈveɪ naɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.

Silvanus

or Sylvanus

[sil-vey-nuh s] /sɪlˈveɪ nəs/
noun, plural Silvani
[sil-vey-nahy] /sɪlˈveɪ naɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2. Roman Religion
1.
the god of forests and uncultivated land, later worshiped under three aspects, as the protector of the house, of the herds, and of the boundaries of the farm.
2.
(lowercase) any of a number of forest spirits, identified with fauns.
Origin of Silvanus
< Latin; see sylvan
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British Dictionary definitions for Sylvanus

Sylvanus

/sɪlˈveɪnəs/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of Silvanus

Silvanus

/sɪlˈveɪnəs/
noun
1.
(Roman myth) the Roman god of woodlands, fields, and flocks Greek counterpart Pan
Word Origin
Latin: from silva woodland
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Word Origin and History for Sylvanus

Roman deity, from Latin, literally "pertaining to woods or forest" (see sylvan).

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